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Sounds of Sexology

Five groups of young people aged 16+ from Manchester, Brighton, Havant, Glasgow and London have been looking at how sex and sexuality is represented in music and lyrics before undertaking their own research, some of which was inspired by the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).

The project has seen the groups work with researchers and songwriters to craft creative responses to topics including sexual health, body image, stereotypes, sex and everyday life, sex and relationships education, LGBTQ youth, mental health, love and lust, and consent. Each group held a celebratory local event before coming together at London’s Roundhouse to share their music in a live performance hosted by TV and YouTube science presenter Greg Foot and live streamed online as part of Roundhouse Rising, a festival of emerging music talent.

Projects have been led by:


Young women from Brighton created original music using research into young people’s sexual values and experiences.

Participants looked at LGBT mental and sexual health, their song-writing inspired by their own research project.

Participants wrote songs about consent, love and lust, reasons for having sex, and gender double standards.

We've teamed up with London’s Roundhouse for a youth project that combines sex research with songwriting.

Participants worked with industry professionals to explore how music can influence sexual experiences.